Dún Laoghaire Harbour Is Turning Into The Beatyard

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A two-day music festival bringing you the best of bass, groove and soul.

Dún Laoghaire is a small, seaside town about 40 minutes south of Dublin city centre. Its large harbour is a lovely place to go for a walk, or hitch your yacht, but it’s not exactly where you’d expect the twentieth century’s greatest funk and soul legends to be having an outdoors party on a weekend…this is why you have to buy a ticket for The Beatyard festival.

Roy Ayers, Boney M, Lee Scratch Perry, George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, Theo Parrish and DJ Rahaan – to name a few – will all be playing from 30 – 31 July. In case those names aren't ringing xylophones in your head, they make up an exquisite pantheon of African American music (apart from Lee Scratch Perry who is, of course, Jamaican) covering soul, funk, Detroit house and electro. Listen to Parliament's 1971 masterpiece Maggot Brain below.

 


 

The Beatyard also takes its food seriously. Scores of locally brewed beers, organic burgers pop-ups (not to mention a whiskey bar obviously) all feature on the line-up, so when you’ve sweated off the calories on the dance floor to Theo Parrish’s Detroit house, you can pile them all back again. 

To get there from Generator Dublin, you’ll need to take the DART train from Tara Street station to Salthill & Monkstown Dart Station. The whole journey should take just under an hour; ask at reception for help. A weekend ticket is only €79.00